Respiratory Care

2022 10 07 -- BRTC Respiratory Care Meeting

About the Program

The Respiratory Care program is 18-months in length and begins in January each year.  Applications for the program open Feb 1st of each year and close at the end of Fall term.

Program Mission Statement

To prepare graduates with demonstrative competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of Respiratory Care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRTs).

Degree Plans

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Respiratory Care program are prepared to enter the profession of Respiratory Care as a member of the critical care team, functioning in clinics, hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Emergency Transport settings.  Throughout this program, individuals learn to use mechanical ventilators and monitoring equipment to support breathing.  They learn to assist the Physician or other healthcare practitioners in Pulmonary Function, Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing, and Arterial Blood Gas Labs, where they are vital in determining the type and extent of disease and monitoring the responsiveness to a particular treatment regimen.


Other Information

Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Care program at Black River Technical College graduates will be qualified to sit for the NBRC credentialing exam. Licensure regulations vary widely from state to state and successful completion of the program does not guarantee professional licensure. Professional licensure in Arkansas is regulated by the Arkansas State Medical Board. For more information about the ASMB, and for specific regulations tied to the licensure process, please visit

Military Service Obligations

Any student whose plan of study is interrupted due to military service obligations while enrolled in an allied health program will be guaranteed readmission upon return. The student will be required to meet the readmission standards set by the program.

How to Apply to a BRTC Respiratory Program

Selection Criteria

Selection into the Respiratory Care is based upon specific criteria.

  • Submission of a complete application for admission into the professional curricula for Respiratory Care. This includes an essay.
  • Completion of all pre-professional curricula.
  • Grades from all pre-professional course work
  • Passing Score on the entrance test given each year.
    • TEAS exams are given the first Thursday of each month on the Pocahontas campus.  To sign up for one please email
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) on all college course work.

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance, alternate status, or denial via mail, email, and/or telephone.  Selected applicants will be enrolled in their courses by BRTC staff upon acceptance into the program.

Note:  1-2 alternates will receive a letter stating their position in the program with the date of orientation.

All students receiving acceptance/alternate letter are required to attend orientation.

Essay Requirement

Write a professional 1-page essay addressing all of the following questions.

Answer ALL of the following:

  • What inspired you to apply for the Respiratory Care Program?
  • What experience, if any, have you had with respiratory ailments?
  • What are your career goals after graduating?
  • What do quality and excellence have to with each other?
  • What does professionalism mean to you?
  • Have Your 1-Page Essay Available

    Submit your essay while completing the application.

  • Have Transcripts Available

    You will need your transcripts in order to complete the application.

  • Complete Respiratory Application

    Click on the application link and create a username and password.

Respiratory therapists held about 135,800 jobs in 2019. Most respiratory therapists work full time. Because they may work in medical facilities, such as hospitals that are always open, some may work evening, night, or weekend hours.

Much faster than average growth is projected for respiratory therapists. Job opportunities should be very good.

Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and older population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other disorders that can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function. The aging population will in turn lead to an increased demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments, mostly in hospitals.

Older Americans suffer most from respiratory ailments and cardiopulmonary diseases, such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease. As the number of older persons increases, the need for respiratory therapists is expected to increase as well. In addition, advances in inhalable medications and in the treatment of lung transplant patients, heart attack and accident victims, and premature infants—many of whom depend on a ventilator during part of their treatment—will increase the demand for the services of respiratory care practitioners.

Job prospects. Job opportunities are expected to be very good, especially for those with a bachelor’s degree and certification, and those with cardiopulmonary care skills or experience working with infants. The vast majority of job openings will continue to be in hospitals. However, a growing number of openings are expected to be outside of hospitals, especially in home healthcare services, offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, or in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various settings.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Respiratory Therapists, at (visited May 29, 2021).


Respiratory Care Contacts